Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Compound by S.A. Bodeen
This first novel by author Bodeen is a truly gripping thriller. Eli, 15 years old, and most of his family have been locked away for the last six years in a massive underground shelter built by his billionaire father. Life on the outside has been destroyed by a nuclear war that also claimed the lives of Eli's twin brother and grandmother who were unable to make it to the shelter in time. They have 9 years to go before the door to the shelter can be unlocked but they are running out of supplies and won't last much longer. But then Eli makes a shocking discovery that changes everything.
I really enjoyed this book. It has appeal for a variety of teens, both guys and girls. The plot twists and turns and will leave you shocked in the end. Eli struggles with standing up to his tyrannical father to do what's right and save his family. All in all, a darn good yarn. I vote yay.